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Dafna Elyakim

15

Dafna is a stunningly beautiful and talented girl, a good friend to her sister and her many friends. Her mother, Maáyan Zin, describes her as a lively girl who loves to dance, sing and cook. She also likes TikTok, make-up and fashion. Dafna made a tie-dye dress for her mother, which she wears all the time as a sign of hope and strength. 
Dafna and her sister Ela (8) were kidnapped together by Hamas terrorists from their home in kibbutz Nahal 0z on Saturday October 7.
 The terrorists who entered their home broadcasted the brutal attack on Facebook Live of one of the family members, recording the family sitting terrified in the corridor and forcing them to identify themselves.  Dafna and Ela saw their beloved father Noam being shot in the leg and bleeding profusely, and Tomer, a 17 year old boy, being taken by the terrorists before the two were kidnapped and taken to Gaza.
The terrorists murdered their father Noam and his partner, Dikla. Dikla’s son Tomer, only 17 years old, was used by the terrorists to lure their neighbors out of their homes, before they murdered him as well.
Later, two more videos, filmed by Hamas, showed the sisters sitting on mattresses wearing unfamiliar pajamas, with bandaged fingers on Ella's hands. Dafna and Ela stayed together and helped one another get through that nightmare of captivity in Gaza. They were, and still are, a source of strength and happiness for one another.
Dafna and Ela were released on 26.11.23 as part of a temporary ceasefire deal. After 51 long days, they ran into their loving mother’s arms.

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